I've never been a fan of the Plains Hotel. Yes, it is a landmark and the sign was cool, but I just don't count myself amongst those who enjoyed karaoke night there (I did attend once and had a lousy time). I guess it would be cool if we could retrofit every old building to be comfortable on the inside and retro on the outside, but other than the sign, the Plains was neither. They finally started tearing it down the other day. If I can manage, I will try to film some of the "deconstruction" but I'm afraid that my teaching schedule might prevent me from getting there until it's too late.